The OneOcean Flotilla is encouraged by the level of prioritization towards critical ocean action in the G20 Leaders’ Summit Communiqué released on 11 September by G20 Leaders, following two days of meetings in New Delhi, India. The 37-page Communiqué outlines several key actions to tackle the climate and biodiversity crises, however, to fully safeguard our ocean for current and future generations, significant progress remains.
The ocean community is calling on G20 leaders to listen to both science and their citizens and recognize the critical importance of a healthy global ocean and resilient marine ecosystems to address climate change and sand biodiversity loss to protect life on our planet.
We therefore call on G20 Leaders to make concrete commitments towards ocean protection at the Summit.
The OneOcean Flotilla welcomes the prioritization of critical ocean action in a Communiqué released on 16 April 2023 by G7 Climate, Energy and Environment ministers following two days of meetings in Sapporo, Japan.
The ocean community is calling on G7 governments to listen to both science and their citizens and recognize the critical importance of a healthy global ocean and resilient marine ecosystems to address climate change and deliver the Global Biodiversity Framework to protect life on our planet.
There have been many key ocean moments in 2022, including progress on anti-DSM efforts, a ground-breaking CITES vote for shark protection, the first formal step towards a Global Plastics Treaty, and a WTO agreement on fisheries subsidies, to name a few.
Ocean groups reacted with relief to the announcement from CBD COP15 that states have committed to a target of 30% protection by 2030 (30×30) of land and sea as part of the new Global Biodiversity Framework (GBF) that was just adopted in Montreal.
Video Updates from the UN Biodiversity Conference
The COP15 UN Biodiversity Conference – aka the “Nature COP” – taking place in Montreal, Canada, from the 7th to the 16th of December, is a vital opportunity for the world to come together and agree on a global plan to stop the nature crisis and reverse the biodiversity loss that is accelerating across the planet. But Ministers and negotiators are at risk of forgetting that nature is also blue.
Montreal, a city that links rivers, lakes, land and sea, is a fitting location for humanity to agree a new plan to live in harmony with nature. And that’s exactly what needs to happen at the COP15 UN Biodiversity Conference – aka the Nature COP – from 7-19 December. It’s a landmark moment years in the making and on the table is a Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework to set transformative new goals and targets to confront the nature crisis.
Putting the ocean at the heart of climate solutions
The 27th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP27), taking place from 6-18 November 2022 in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt, is an opportunity to catalyze ocean climate action up the political agenda and raise public awareness that we cannot tackle the climate emergency, without putting ocean protection at the heart of climate solutions.